books and music

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books and music
from over the years
live on these shelves

even if I don’t
reread or listen again

somehow their
healing influence
is in these words

* * *

older now
and when I shop
and when those who
help me are so kind
I am truly blessed

* * *

Images are courtesy of The Dover Design Sampler, from Dover Publications.

They are from William Morris Full-Color Patterns and Designs.  The first picture is called “Daisy Design” and the second is “Anemone Design.”
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17 thoughts on “books and music

  1. This poem is very encouraging. I’ve read every book in my library at least once and it is good to know that just their presence has a place in my life! Jane

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  2. That is SO TRUE! I often think of the very same thing—and you put it so succinctly!

    Margaret L. Been

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  3. The books and music live on the shelves, Ellen, and in your heart and mind.
    Your opening words transported me to the book cases in the study, where I sat cross-legged, reading titles and looking for the 3rd book in the series of TRIXIE BELDEN mysteries, my favorite when I was nine.

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  4. When I looked at that first illustration, I thought, “Williiam Morris? No…. not quite. But, maybe.” And now I see that it is his work. It’s quite different from most I’ve seen. Both are lovely.

    I smiled at your last poem. I’m beginning to be called “ma’am” in the grocery stores now. Such a shock!

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